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House Dems demand rationale for adding citizenship question to 2020 census

House Dems demand rationale for adding citizenship question to 2020 census
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Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are demanding documents from Trump administration officials detailing their rationale for adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossSessions attacks judge who ordered officials to sit for depositions in challenges to Census citizenship question Harris accuses GOP of ‘weaponizing’ 2020 Census DOJ: Commerce chief spoke with Bannon, Sessions about census citizenship question MORE and Acting Director of the Census Bureau Ron Jarmin on Wednesday, ranking member Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDems zero in on Trump’s alleged conflicts of interest Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue On The Money: Mnuchin to attend anti-terror meeting in Saudi Arabia | Treasury releases guidance on 'opportunity zone' program | Maxine Waters gets company in new GOP line of attack MORE (D-Md.) and five other committee members requested documents before a briefing with the agencies on April 11.

The members specifically asked for all documents and communications relating to any concerns expressed by the Census Bureau about adding the question, and all analyses of the question’s potential impact on census results.

The Department of Commerce announced late last month it was granting a Department of Justice request to reinstate the question about citizenship status to the 2020 census to help enforce the Voting Rights Act.

Citizenship hasn’t been a question on the centennial data collection form since 1950.

The agency’s decision has been met with stark opposition from Democrats and civil rights groups, which argue a citizenship question will frighten people in immigrant communities away from responding to the census, resulting in an inaccurate count.

The administration is now facing multiple lawsuits challenging its decision.

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